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Judges Deny Virginia Democrats' Request to Undo Recount Decision



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    NEWPORT NEWS, VA - November 28: Republican David Yancey and Democrat Shelly Simonds attend a "take your legislator to school day" Tuesday, November 28 at Heritage High School in Newport News, Va. Yancey leads Simonds by ten votes in the 94th District in the Virginia House of Delegates race. (Photo by Julia Rendleman for The Washington Post via Getty Images)

    A three-judge panel rejected a request to reconsider its ruling on a recount in an election that could determine partisan control of the Virginia House.

    The panel on Wednesday denied Democrat Shelly Simonds' request to undo its decision to strip her of a one-vote victory she won after a dramatic recount of November's election.

    Her lawyers argued the judges committed legal errors, including counting a ballot for her Republican opponent after the recount ended.

    Virginia elections officials plan to meet Thursday to randomly pick a winner in the contest.

    If Simonds wins, the partisan split will be 50-50. If incumbent Del. David Yancey wins, Republicans will have a 51-49 majority.

    The Newport News seat is not the only contested race. Democrats have filed a legal challenge in a close Fredericksburg-area race.